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Biggest Meal Ever

Thursday night at the Charlotte Convention Center, the city hosted the largest sit-down dinner in its history, and probably the state’s.

“There’s not a bigger facility than this in North Carolina, so it would be hard to think of them serving a bigger meal anywhere else,” says Charlotte Regional Visitor Authority CEO Tom Murray.

More than 10,000 members of the black sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha, who have been in town celebrating their biennial Boulé all week, sat for a meal.

Some of the numbers from the event:

  • 10,450 attendees
  • 1,000 tables
  • 2,000 pounds of salad
  • 4,000 pounds of potatoes
  • 2,500 pounds of green beans
  • 4,300 pounds of short ribs
  • 2,500 pounds of chicken
  • 200 gallons of sauce
  • 166,000 pieces of silverware, cups, saucers, champagne glasses, and napkins